Publick Occurrences
first newspaper in the American Colonies


Boston's Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, published in 1690, was the first newspaper in the American Colonies. Today, Boston has three daily newspapers -- The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and The Christian Science Monitor. The Monitor is a highly respected national newspaper with a circulation of about 200,000 copies. Boston has about 30 radio stations and 9 television stations, including a nonprofit TV station associated with the national Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Not long after startup the paper was banned from publication for failure to adhere to the Puritan standards of the time. This concept of regulating the press stayed in effect throughout the colonies until after the Constitution was ratified in 1789.

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